Editor’s note: this article was written by 213Hoops contributor Thomas Wood. We do not yet have author profiles set up for each of our contributors, but we will soon!

Game Information

Where: STAPLES Center
When: 7:00 PM PST
How to Watch: Fox Sports Prime Ticket, ESPN, AM 570 LA Sports

Projected Starting Lineups

Heat: Kendrick Nunn — Duncan Robinson — Jimmy Butler — Bam Adebayo — TBA
Clippers: Patrick Beverley — Paul George — Kawhi Leonard — Maurice Harkless — Ivica Zubac

Injuries

Heat: OUT — Tyler Herro (foot), Meyers Leonard (ankle), Justise Winslow (back)
Clippers: None

The Big Picture

Tonight, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George will play their third consecutive game with one another. The band is back together. But the story this week, beyond wins and losses — ahem, let’s not forget what we’re here for — is whether the band will be getting any new members. The trade deadline is Thursday, and the Clippers have been in acquire-mode since before they put their two stars together. The front office may ultimately decide on nothing, but that seems unlikely. So if you are fond of this particular lineup, tonight’s game may be your last chance to see them jam together, even if what tomorrow brings eventually proves itself to be better.

The Antagonist

Speaking of buyers, the Heat are perpetually looking to add, even when they’re not very good. This year though, they’re actually good. Their consistent full-floor game has them solidly in the East’s top four and within clawing distance of the second-seeded Raptors. Jimmy Butler’s combination of talent and mania ensures the team represents a nightly challenge. Less than two weeks ago, they jumped on the Clippers early before the good guys went supernova in the middle quarters. The Clippers were without PG and Patrick Beverley that night, but it took Kawhi’s first triple-double and an explosive night from Landry Shamet to get the win on the other coast. And the Heat weren’t at full strength themselves, missing rookie dynamo Kendrick Nunn among others. The Clippers have since returned to full strength — see: strained metaphor above — while the Heat have lost a little more from the cupboard. No matter; this game’s on national television for a reason. The Heat can absolutely come to LA to repay the favor.

Notes:

  • A Flamethrower in Reserve: Goran Dragic has taken well to life on the bench. Or rather, life coming off of it. The 33-year-old former All-Star has just one start among his 38 appearances this season, his fewest starts since his rookie season. Just don’t tell his stats that. He’s still averaging 16 points per game and converting 39.5% of his nearly six nightly three-point tries. Dragic is a scorcher. I bet Heat fans even think he should be Sixth Man of the Year. How quaint.
  • A Little Less Hot: Miami will be without its starting center and presumed distant Kawhi-cousin, Meyers Leonard. At the time of this writing, the Heat hadn’t yet announced his replacement, and any guess I could make would be just that, as Leonard had started everygame this year before leaving Monday’s victory over the 76ers early. Tyler Herro, rookie shooter and Lucas’s fashion inspiration, was also hurt during Monday’s game and will sit tonight.
  • Clippings: It’s all trade talk and it stales quickly, so for the latest updates, set your Twitter notifications and keep checking back here for all things Clippers.

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Lucas Hann

Lucas Hann

Lucas has covered the Clippers since 2011, and has been credentialed by the team since 2014. He co-founded 213Hoops with Robert Flom in January 2020.  He is a graduate of Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, CA and St. John's University in Queens, NY.  He earned his MA in Communication and Rhetorical Studies from Syracuse University.

48 Comments

  • Avatar Jeff Barak says:

    First!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Avatar Kenneth Hansen says:

    This site looks great! You guys did a wonderful job getting it set up. Thank you! GO CLIPPERS! Beat the Heat!

  • Avatar GrapOldschool like your dad says:

    First to comment???
    Congrats to the new home and thanks for giving us new place to talk clippers basketball! In 213hoops we trust👏🏻

  • Avatar Lukeiscrafty says:

    Nice work, I dig the top hat and sweet moustache. We have not made winning games look easy as of late, here’s hoping we turn that around for this one.

  • Avatar DrewsLife1012 says:

    Yooooooo DrewsLife1012 here!!!! Excited about this new site with the old and new crew! Still getting used to this format setting for the comments though ha.

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    So pumped this is up and running. Nice work, guys!

  • Avatar ChrisD says:

    Yeehaw! Congrats 213Hoops fam!

    • Avatar ChrisD says:

      PS what the heck is Houston doing getting rid of both their big men? They’ve got Tyson Chandler and that’s it? They just got weaker IMO, and I’m glad Roco didn’t go to the Bucks.

      • Avatar chogokin says:

        I was worried the T’Wolves were gonna ship Covington to the Lakers for Kuzma and various flotsam. Houston is…interesting, at least. We’re about to witness what happens when a team goes small on a permanent basis.

  • Avatar chogokin says:

    ‘grats on the new site! Looks awesome and hopefully 213 Hoops’ maiden season will end with a title 😀

  • Avatar Charles Wang says:

    Anyone else having issues logging in?

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      Hey Charles, if you’re having any issues please visit the forum page and leave a reply to Mark’s thread on site bugs, leave as much detail as possible

  • Avatar osamu says:

    Glad to be here! I was checking daily to see if I could log in (and stay logged in). Seems like working for me!

  • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

    It makes me so happy to see all you guys in here commenting

    • Avatar sean wheeler says:

      It’s hard breaking the habit of going to clips nation 100 times a day… but i’m so stoked you guys and gals got 213hoops up so when it disappears here we are… Trade deadlines always make me crazy!!!

  • Avatar Kyle Everman says:

    Love the look and feel of the site! Nice work everyone!

  • Avatar sean wheeler says:

    Looks great… thanx for all the hard work!

  • Avatar jbugs says:

    Hey everyone!! Sweet new digs!!

  • Avatar lobc1t1 says:

    Congrats!!!

  • Avatar Thegreatestshowman says:

    What up.

  • Avatar Kenyaata Watkins says:

    Great job fellas! This feels like home! One thing? When viewing the site on mobile the reply threads are vertical in some instances and horizontal on others I think they will be consistently horizontal like the old threads in time. Also, will the newer unread post be recognizable here as well for those logged in? I look forward to hitting this site hundreds of times a day as others have said and I’m leaving my Adblocker off for this site! Good luck!

    • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

      Hey Kenyaata! Thanks! For your first question, the site is still being finished w/ mobile optimization, so I would guess that’s something that is just not completed yet. For the second question, I unfortunately don’t think we have the ability to do that :/

  • Avatar paris clips man says:

    Hi guys
    It’s been years since I last showed up on CN, but just wanted to say thanks to all of you for keeping the community alive
    Keep on doing such an amazing work so I can keep on lurking around =)

  • Avatar Eshaan K says:

    Look at this beautiful new site. You love to see it

  • Avatar Daniel Schwerdtfeger says:

    This is so awesome, thank you 213Hoops team!

  • Avatar Andrew Sedillo says:

    Wish Kawhi had been able to persuade Jimmy to sign here and then we wouldn’t have to trade Shai. Sigh. Go Clippers.

  • Robert Flom Robert Flom says:

    Seriously, could not thank all of you enough for all the support and for joining the “new” community here! It’s great to see all of you!

    • Avatar Kevin Marshall says:

      No thank you! You guys are awesome and this site is almost as exciting as when Kawhi and PG came to the Clippers… ALMOST 🙂

  • Avatar omer Sedan says:

    Don’t post/reply much, but am very appreciative of this site, the staff behind it and the community. Go clips!

  • Avatar osamu says:

    already whitelisted this site from my ad blocker. Can’t wait to see ads for Joey’s Smokin’ BBQ

  • Avatar Jonee Eisen says:

    Let’s go Clippers! Great job getting this done, fellas.

  • Avatar ChrisD says:

    According to Sham the Heat are close to a deal for Iggy, so I wonder who else may be sitting out tonight for them?

  • Avatar BetterUCLAtethanSC says:

    Anybody on the Clips sitting out tonight?

  • Avatar Rob Lo says:

    Uh…. Hi everyone?

  • Avatar wwshep says:

    Go Clips!

  • Lucas Hann Lucas Hann says:

    With regards to game threads, we’re gonna have to experiment a bit. The prior commenting system was obviously very good in that comments automatically refreshed, new comments were highlighted, and you could post without the page reloading to show your comment.

    I’m not sure if this will be as convenient for that purpose. Are we all on board with experimenting together as a group? Let’s test out article comments and see how we feel, then we can try a forum post, and if nothing local will work we can see what the interest would be for a 213Hoops discord server where folks from our community could chat in real time off-site.

    Also: for the sake of 100% transparency I am swamped with other, bigger-ticket items than game thread commenting, so if folks who are very active in the community can take a little bit of a lead on this issue in terms of getting people in the same spot, testing different ideas, assessing strengths/weaknesses, etc., it would go a very long way.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      Out of all those features I think new comments being highlighted is he most important. Otherwise it takes too long to scroll through everything looking for only the new comments. Especially if it’s a thread with 100’s of comments.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      would also be cool to be able to give rec’s to posts.

    • Avatar wwshep says:

      and to be able to edit a comment after posting it…

    • Avatar osamu says:

      Yea, I get its tough replicating the previous commenting system. I think might just take some getting use to. I haven’t been on another board where it was quite as easy to see new comments, but maybe there’s another one out there.

      I also feel like this one might be too big with the name and icon on top of each comment, and a lot of empty space between comments.

      • Avatar ChrisD says:

        i agree on all the above, especially wanting to identify new comments, and all the comments/ID being way too big, you can only see 2 per page.

  • Robert Haro Robert Haro says:

    Looking mighty fine in here fellas

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